Don’t worry. We’ve got our own Best Albums of 2009 list in the works. It will be published next Tuesday (Dec 15). But in the meantime Spin has released their top 40 albums of the year. I know, Spin is a little more mainstream than we are used to but a lot of these albums I’ve never even heard. I’ll give away the surprise, yup, Animal Collective gets top billing. Check them out here: Read more
I just ran across this Wired interview from a little post in a blog. I hadn’t read it before but Mr. Jeff Tweedy from Wilco makes some pretty good arguments for not suing music fans who are downloading music. Strangely enough, he states “Music is not a loaf of bread”.
Wired: What if the efforts to stop unauthorized music file sharing are successful? How would that change culture?
Tweedy: If they succeed, it will damage the culture and industry they say they’re trying to save. What if there was a movement to shut down libraries because book publishers and authors were up in arms over the idea that people are reading books for free? It would send a message that books are only for the elite who can afford them.
Stop trying to treat music like it’s a tennis shoe, something to be branded. If the music industry wants to save money, they should take a look at some of their six-figure executive expense accounts. All those lawsuits can’t be cheap, either. Read more
Equal Vision’s Pierce The Veil are finally back in the studio, readying an album for release at some point next year (2010). We caught up with one of the brothers, Vic Fuentes, to find out what he’s digging in relation to music. Read more
This week I’m going to bring some roots type bands. Call it alt-country, call it folk, call it world. Whatever. It’s all wholesome, for the most part.
- History – Lightning Dust (Infinite Light)
- Orchids – Maria Taylor (LadyLuck)
- Thirteen (Big Star cover) – Wilco (Big Star Small World)
- The Executioner’s Song – Cass McCombs Catacombs)
- Slow Down Jo – Monsters of Folk (Monsters of Folk)
- Fatalidade – Cesaria Evora (Nha Sentimento)
- Convenient Parking – Sun Kil Moon (Tiny Cities)
- In The Avalon/Little Killer – Molina And Johnson (Molina And Johnson)
- Alice Marble Gray – Califone (All My Friends Are Funeral Singers)
JAWBOX will perform on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tomorrow, December 8th on NBC.
This will be the DC band’s one and only performance in celebration of the reissue of their 1994 release, “For Your Own Special Sweetheart.” The collection includes the entire original track listing along with 3 additional tracks which originally appeared on the limited edition Savory +3 EP. The reissue was remastered by Bob Weston and is available on cd and vinyl.
Despite some rumors, a new Arcade Fire album will NOT be out in May but will be out at some point in 2010, latter half of the year. They are currently recording with Marcus Dravs, the person responsible for the wonderful sound on Neon Bible. Definitely an anticipated album this year.
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Who said painting and music didn’t have corealating value…Ladies and gentlemen…Scott LoBaido
Street art bridging dimensions of reality
Portland’s beloved Quasi are back on Kill Rock Stars! They needed a new home after the dissolution of Touch And Go. It seems like a perfect fit. Anyway, new album coming shortly. In the meantime we caught up with Janet Weiss and got some music recommendations for you. Read more
Well guys, it’s the end of a decade of music and list upon list of favourites are upon us left, right and centre in every genre and style you can think of. While we’ve all been here for the last 10 years and heard a lot of music, what makes music… well, good?
This is one of those questions like ‘how long is a piece of string’ but it is something most of us can identify a few opinions on. There will be exceptions to the rule of course, but what are your usual feelings as to what constitutes good music? Does it need to be avant-garde and original, fresh and enjoyable, intelligent and deep? Or does it just have to sound good?
Come on then, let’s hear it! All opinions, all walks, please be nice ;)
Since our in house metal editor SolitaryMan has been M.I.A. I am going to take on metal duty. I’m bringing you some of the best loud metal I’ve come across over the last few months. I’ve got a wonderful Classic Rewind from a super metal group of past.
- We’re Always Losing Blood – Evergreen Terrace (Almost Home)
- A Tapdancer’s Dilema – Diablo Swing Orchestra (Sing-Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious)
- Geneva – Russian Circles (Geneva)
- Damages – Converge (Axe To Fall)
- Ride Down – Handsome (Handsome)
- Pit and the Pendulum – Over Stars and Gutters (Consider This Your Curse)
- Ingest The Ash – The Red Chord (Fed Through The Teeth Machine)